Abrupt shift in precipitation this past month in Western Wisconsin

Up until the month of July, this year has been very wet with each month garnering a surplus of liquid precipitation. Below is a look at the monthly liquid precipitation for the first 7 months of 2013. Above the monthly total liquid precipitation is the difference from normal. Our wet weather peaked during the month of May where we picked up 9.28” of liquid precipitation, which sadly included rain and snow. That was getting close to 6” above normal for the month of May. June was another wet month, but our weather took a sharp turn during the month of July. It was the first month this year where we actually had a deficit in the rain bucket for a month.

Eau Claire only picked up 0.64” of rain during July. That’s 3.24 inches below normal! Despite all the rain earlier this year, the grass has dried out quite a bit over the course of the month. The lack of rain was compounded by some heat for a good chunk of the month. There was quite the string of 90s during the middle of the month that helped dry things out. Below is a chart from the National Weather Service showing temperatures throughout the month. Notice the much cooler temperatures that impacted the area during the latter part of July. Temperatures were well below normal. It was cool enough to even break some records.

The rain deficit this month was enough to make July 2013 the 2nd driest July on record. Below is a look at the top 5 driest July's for Eau Claire. This July was still well above the all-time driest July that occurred in 1936. July 2013 was the 9th driest July on record for La Crosse.

The cool weather from the end of July looks to persist into the month of August. The dog days of summer may very well be behind us for 2013. Instead of 80s and 90s this month, we are likely going to see more in the way of 70s and 80s…even some 60s too? Below is NOAA’s temperature outlook for August. The state of Wisconsin is under the greatest chances in the country to see below normal temperatures this month. As far as precipitation goes, the forecast is for equal chances of seeing above or below average precipitation in August. There’s some rain in the forecast for early next week. Hopefully, we can pick up a good soaking out of that. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful weekend expected across Western Wisconsin with sunshine and 70s!

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